The fox has been the bane of countryside dwellers for centuries, however in recent years they have been able to integrate into urban life. Scavengers by nature, they previously attacked and ate farmers’ livestock, including chickens and rabbits in the rural areas. They are now enticed by life in the towns due to the endless supplies of waste food and shelter. Their diet is diverse, and they find easy pickings from the leftovers in residential bin bags and litter bins from fast food outlets.
They have become bold in their approach, and we often find them creating a habitat in residential gardens, and more recently beneath decking right outside the homeowners back door. We now hear of stories where the urban fox has entered property on the lookout for food to feed their young. The fox is a nocturnal animal and the mating call is very distinctive – many a homeowner has been kept awake at night by the eerie scream of a fox in the early hours.
We understand that the control of foxes can be a sensitive issue. The most humane method of control is by live trapping, which is most effective in urban areas. Snaring or shooting is also possible, but only in rural areas. In addition, we can implement measures that will prevent foxes from entering or causing damage to your property in the future.
Numbers have steadily increased in the last century, the average litter being 5, with a healthy female producing 4 or 5 litters a year. Indications that rabbits are present include burrows, fur and droppings. As herbivores they will feast on your vegetables and plants, and in time they can do serious damage to your land/garden. The Protection of Animals Act (1911) makes it an offence to lay poison baits for rabbits, but we can offer other humane alternatives to control the problem, along with advice on the construction of secure fencing to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
It is worth mentioning that the Myxomatosis disease, transmitted mainly by rabbit fleas to one another, can cause a lingering death and the most humane solution is to put the animal out of its suffering as quickly as possible.
Although closely related to the shrew, moles are not rodents but mammals. Only 3-5 inches long, they have short velvety fur, very small eyes and ears with very large paddle-like front feet. Moles are active day and night throughout the year and the first sign of activity are mole hills that appear – these are caused by a mole excavating earth along an elaborate underground tunnel system. They tend to be more prevalent when the earth is damp, where they feed largely on earthworms. A well tended garden lawn can be ruined overnight by just one or two moles!
It is a common misconception that chemicals are effective in the control of moles and the poisons once used are now no longer legal. The only proven method of controlling moles is to trap them. We provide an efficient, reliable and discreet mole trapping service which will cure the problem. It should be noted that although moles can be caught and the immediate problem solved, there is no preventative cure for future invasion.
The grey squirrel can be seen in abundance in both town and countryside. They eat mainly nuts and berries along with birds’ eggs and insects. By and large they can live in harmony with humans, but they can become a pest when they persist in feasting on the home owner’s bird table and can be even more troublesome when they find their way into lofts and attics, where they can wreak havoc amongst the Christmas Decorations!
We provide an expert squirrel removal procedure by live trapping, which allows a prompt, efficient and humane solution to your squirrel problem.
Bats and their roosts are protected in the UK by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and all species are protected by this law. It is currently an offence to cause damage or destroy individual or colonies of bats and their roosts. We would recommend contacting the Bat Conservation Trust for advice if you have any concerns regarding bats in your property.